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Staff Picks for a Fresh Start in 2023

Are you looking for a new book to read in 2023? Our library staff have put together a list for you about fresh starts. Our list includes romance novels, non-fiction topics, bestsellers, mysteries and much more. 

Amish Outsider by Marta Perry

  • Summary: Book 1 in River Haven series. In the wake of his estranged wife’s murder, widower Michael Forster returns to the Amish community he’d left as a teen. He wants a fresh start for himself and his daughter, Allie, away from those who still believe he’s guilty. In River Haven, a quieter life seems possible. If only Allie’s Amish schoolteacher, Catherine Brandt, were easier to ignore. Unrated. 2021.
  • Amish Outsider, digital book DBC20696 on BARD courtesy of the Utah State Library Division

The Answer Is...: Reflections on My Life by Alex Trebek

The Best American Travel Writing 2021, edited by Padma Lakshmi and Jason Wilson

  • Summary: Collection of twenty-five previously published essays on traveling and experiencing cultures around the world, selected by television personality and host of Top Chef. Includes work by Kiese Makeba Laymon, author of Heavy (DB 93279), and Meghan Daum, author of The Problem with Everything (DB 97694). Strong language and some violence. 2021.
  • The Best American Travel Writing, digital book DB105607 on BARD

Braver Than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother’s) Lifetime by Maggie Downs

Cackle by Rachel Harrison

  • Summary:  When she moves to a new town after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Annie seeks a fresh start. The charming Sophie takes an interest in Annie and teaches her how to take control of her life, but Annie is unsure why the townsfolk all seem to dislike Sophie so much. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
  • Cackle, digital book, DB 107077 on BARD

Fly Girl: A Memoir by Ann Hood

  • Summary: An entertaining and fascinating memoir of "gifted storyteller" Ann Hood’s adventurous years as a TWA flight attendant. In 1978, in the tailwind of the golden age of air travel, flight attendants were the epitome of glamor and sophistication. Fresh out of college and hungry to experience the world and maybe, one day, write about it, Ann Hood joined their ranks. After a grueling job search, Hood survived TWA’s rigorous Breech Training Academy and learned to evacuate seven kinds of aircraft, deliver a baby, mix proper cocktails, administer oxygen, and stay calm no matter what the situation. In the air, Hood found both the adventure she’d dreamt of and the unexpected realities of life on the job. She carved chateaubriand in the first-class cabin and dined in front of the pyramids in Cairo, fended off passengers’ advances and found romance on layovers in London and Lisbon, and walked more than a million miles in high heels. She flew through the start of deregulation, an oil crisis, massive furloughs, and a labor strike. As the airline industry changed around her, Hood began to write--even drafting snatches of her first novel--from the jump-seat. She reveals how the job empowered her, despite its roots in sexist standards. Packed with funny, moving, and shocking stories of life as a flight attendant, Fly Girl captures the nostalgia and magic of air travel at its height, and the thrill that remains with every takeoff. Summary provided by publisher. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
  • Fly Girl: A Memoir, digital book DB108797 on BARD

Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals by Laurie Zaleski

  • Summary: An inspiring and moving memoir of the author’s turbulent life with 600 rescue animals. Laurie Zaleski never aspired to run an animal rescue; that was her mother Annie’s dream. But from girlhood, Laurie was determined to make the dream come true. Thirty years later as a successful businesswoman, she did it, buying a 15-acre farm deep in the Pinelands of South Jersey. She was planning to relocate Annie and her caravan of ragtag rescues--horses and goats, dogs and cats, chickens, and pigs--when Annie died, just two weeks before moving day. In her heartbreak, Laurie resolved to make her mother’s dream her own. In 2001, she established the Funny Farm Animal Rescue outside Mays Landing, New Jersey. Today, she carries on Annie’s mission to save abused and neglected animals. Funny Farm is Laurie’s story: of promises kept, dreams fulfilled, and animals lost and found. It’s the story of Annie McNulty, who fled a nightmarish marriage with few skills, no money and no resources, dragging three kids behind her, and accumulating hundreds of cast-off animals on the way. And lastly, it’s the story of the brave, incredible, and adorable animals that were rescued. Although there are some sad parts (as life always is), there are lots of laughs. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
  • Funny Farm, BR 24212, ebraille on BARD, UEB Contracted Braille, 3 volumes
  • Funny Farm, digital book DB108537 on BARD

A Hope Remembered by Stacy Henrie

  • Summary: Book 3 in Of Love and War series. Nora Lewis just wants an escape after losing her fiancé in the Great War. When she inherits property in England, she boldly packs up and leaves America for a fresh start. But, if not for her dashing new neighbor, Colin Ashby, she’d be lost. Even as their friendship deepens, Nora knows a British aristocrat would never be free to love an American orphan, no matter how much the war has changed the world. Unrated.
  • A Hope Remembered, digital book, DBC2061 on BARD

New Native Kitchen: Celebrating Modern Recipes of the American Indian by Chef Freddie Bitsoie and James O. Fraioli

The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love With Me by Keah Brown

  • Summary: Essays from a disability rights advocate with cerebral palsy, discussing what it’s like to be black and disabled in a mostly able-bodied, white America. Examines her relationship with her able-bodied twin, navigating romance, her love of pop culture, and her viral hashtag #DisabledAndCute. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
  • The Pretty One, digital book DB 96736

The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America by Elizabeth Letts

  • Summary: The triumphant true story of a woman who rode her horse across America in the 1950s, fulfilling her dying wish to see the Pacific Ocean. The author recounts her adventure, which included crushing storms, celebrity encounters, and harrowing stretches of highways. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2021.
  • The Ride of Her Life, digital book, DB107346

Simply Clean: The Proven Method for Keeping Your Home Organized, Clean, and Beautiful in Just 10 Minutes a Day by Becky Rapinchuk

Stop Self-Sabotage: Six Steps to Unlock Your True Motivation, Harness Your Willpower, And Get Out of Your Own Way by Dr. Judy Ho, PhD., ABPP

  • Summary: A clinical psychologist looks at why people do things that undermine their best interests and intentions. She gives advice on how to stop self-sabotaging, including how to identify your triggers, modify your thoughts and behaviors, find your true motivation, and unlock your willpower. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.
  • Stop Self-Sabotage, digital book DB 104951 on BARD

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Children's Titles

Becoming Muhammad Ali by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander

The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter

Bright Star by Yuyi

Butterflies on the First Day of School by Annie Silvestro and Dream Chen

Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor

  • Summary: Seventeen-year-old Jani and her little sister Zosa secure jobs at a glamorous magical hotel. Soon, they learn that their staff contracts are unbreakable. Jani embarks on a mission to unravel the mystery of the magic at the heart of the hotel and free Zosa--and the other staff--from the cruelty of the ruthless maître d’hôtel. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For junior and senior high and older readers. 2022.
  • Hotel Magnifique, digital book, DB107829, on BARD

I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

The Next Great Jane by K.L. Going

Normal: One Kid’s Extraordinary Journey by Magdalena and Nathaniel Newman with Hilary Liftin

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad with S. K. Ali; illustrated by Hatem Aly

When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff; illustrated by Kaylani Juanita